Amazon now has retail stores, and they're missing something ubiquitous in all others... cashiers. Customers walk in, sign in with their Amazon account, and a complex system of cameras and sensors tracks what you take off the shelves and charges your Amazon account automatically when you leave. Well, Linus Tech Tips did a review of the new stores, but a backstory he invented is drawing scrutiny. He opens the video with a story of a girlfriend in need of tampons but unable to leave the house, and a boyfriend too embarrassed to buy them for her from a real-life human cashier...
But watch this video closely (the incident starts around the five-minute mark):
No, it's not the fact that he "stole" an item that's at issue. It's the fact that those are not tampons. As the title of the video says, they are pads.
Something this Twitter user was quick to point out:
Some pointed out other issues with the video, like how he talks about periods...
Wait... why is it embarrassing to buy tampons? I honestly don’t understand why you (or anyone) would feel that way.— Paris (@parismarx) January 28, 2018
“Next up we’re gonna steal a diva cup!” *steals a pack of red solo cups*— Lex (@thelexlutz) January 28, 2018
Some people defended him:
Once again, tampon is better understood around the world, than pad. He was thinking internationally.— AcidSugar1414 (@AcidSugar1414) January 28, 2018
The entire population of the UK calls them tampons, and would be confused by 'pads'. I like him.— Richard Moore (@moore_rl) January 27, 2018
But not everyone was buying that excuse:
No... that’s really not it. Sincerely, someone who has been to multiple continents and had to buy these products for myself.— ZEKE (@zekebking) January 28, 2018
And then Linus chimed in on the controversy:
But his explanation didn't really appease anyone:
Lol. Omg, next time my husband runs to the store and I have pads on the list, I’ll make sure to add - and I don’t mean brake pads either.— Marne Duke (@marneduke) January 28, 2018
🤣 And men wonder why women are up in arms about them. I’m really starting to wonder if they’re redeemable.— Kristen (@bigdaisyjam) January 28, 2018